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Illinois has some of the strongest gun laws in the country, and much of its gun violence is due to guns trafficked in from neighboring states with weak laws.

Recently, the state enacted an important law that allows family members and law enforcement officers to temporarily disarm at-risk individuals. In 2019, Illinois had the 16th-lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at less than half the national rate. To save lives from gun violence, lawmakers could strengthen the state’s licensing requirement and increase funding to community violence intervention programs.

What Illinois Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Minimum age laws
  • Waiting periods
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting

What Illinois Is Missing

  • Firearm registration
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • Local authority to regulate firearms
  • Safe storage laws


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.